Welcome to the Iowa Bonsai Association's website. IBA was founded in 1979 to promote appreciation and development of bonsai. Meetings are held on the third Saturday of each month from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. You may come and go as your time permits and work on trees or just socialize and observe. There will be a program at 11:30 monthly covering a wide range of topics. We meet at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden.
Join us! Members will enjoy a helpful, supportive atmosphere no matter what your experience level, opportunity to participate in workshops, bonsai shows and collecting trips, access to the association's library of books and a monthly newsletter. If you are interested in becoming a member or would like to get to know more about bonsai, please attend one of our meetings or contact us.
By jenjo on May 1, 2020
Several years ago I came across this older trident forest being sold at a bonsai nursery, and was interested in its relaxed, natural-looking lines. The trunks all looked about the same size… 2020-05-IBA-Newsletter DOWNLOADMORE >>
By jenjo on April 1, 2020
Many trees like their roots far away from anything saturated, which is the bottom of the pot. Two in particular, pines and azaleas. And in muddling about the Western bonsai world I’ve been haunted… 2020-04-IBA-Newsletter DOWNLOADMORE >>
By jenjo on March 1, 2020
On June 25-28, 2020, Bonsai artists and MABA members are heading to Milwaukee, WI for the MABA/Milwaukee Convention! In part to see headlining artist François Jeker from France… 2020-03-IBA-Newsletter DOWNLOADMORE >>
By jenjo on February 1, 2020
This is a question we ask ourselves annually every spring and we ask it regarding about half of our bonsai tree collection. It is a simple question, is it not? But the answer can be very complex… 2020-02-IBA-Newsletter DOWNLOADMORE >>
By jenjo on January 31, 2020
It has been a rather warm winter thus far. But, we are likely in for some good Iowa January weather soon. Remember, our trees generally require 40 days below 40 degrees F. I have had to crack the garage door a bit to get some lower temps… 2020-01-IBA-Newsletter DOWNLOADMORE >>